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"I'll take on any job... for the right price."
―Cad Bane[src]

Cad Bane was a Duros male bounty hunter in the galaxy during the Clone Wars. He was considered the leading bounty hunter in the galaxy due to the death of Jango Fett at the Battle of Geonosis. He specialized in fighting Jedi.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

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Bane meets with Darth Maul

At some point prior to the Battle of Naboo, Cad Bane met the Sith Lord, Darth Maul on Nar Shaddaa. He, along with fellow bounty hunters, Aurra Sing and Vorhdeilo then assisted Maul in acquiring Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis from Xev Xrexus's auction.[11] During the auction, Bane and Vorhdeilo killed several of Jee Kra's crew aboard his shekelesh-class gunship. Bane, along with Maul, Sing and Vorhdeilo then met up with Kra and Kaitis at Kra's gunship. Bane piloted Kra's ship after Maul subdued Kra's men. Bane and Sing then discussed about possibly killing Maul.[12]

The Clone WarsEdit

"Cad Bane, who needs no introduction."
―Count Dooku, introducing Bane[src]

Bane became one of the leading bounty hunters during the Clone Wars after the demise of Jango Fett on Geonosis. Subsequently, Bane was hired by many of the galaxy's highest bidders, including the Confederacy of Independent Systems[10] and Jabba the Hutt.[13] Bane also acquired the Techno-service droid, Todo 360.[3]

Heist at the Jedi TempleEdit

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Bane holds the stolen holocron

During the War, Bane was hired by Darth Sidious to steal a holocron from the Holocron Vault in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sidious provided Bane with a map of the Jedi temple and a security chip containing the temple's security systems. Bane then installed the chip into Todo. Bane also hired fellow bounty hunter, the Clawdite Cato Parasitti to assist him from the inside of the temple by posing as the deceased Jedi Ord Enisence. Bane successfully executed the heist.[3]

Skirmish over DevaronEdit

"Welcome, Jedi. We've been expecting you!"
―Cad Bane to Anakin Skywalker and his team[src]

Cad Bane managed to escape Coruscant with the stolen holocron. Darth Sidious had Viceroy Nute Gunray send a small fleet of Munificent-class star frigates to help Bane carry out his next assignment; To kidnap Jedi Master Bolla Ropal and have him combine the holocron and the Kyber memory crystal, which was held by Ropal. Bane led a ground attack on the surface of Devaron and captured Ropal and the Kyber crystal.[14]

However, a fleet of Republic ships, led by Anakin Skywalker, came to Devaron and in the ensuing battle most frigates were destroyed, leaving only the frigate with Bane and Ropal onboard. Skywalker had his fleet destroy the hyperdrive of Bane's frigate, preventing him from going into hyperspace. Bane then attempted to force Ropal to open it by torturing him. However, Bane killed him with torture. Bane then came up with a plan to force Skywalker and his apprentice to open the holocron. Bane then arranged a ambush on the gun deck for Skywalker, Tano, Rex and their troops.[14]

At first Bane and his droids had the upper hand in the ambush. Bane however almost lost the crystal to Skywalker. When the gravity came back on, Bane retrieved the crystal and was able to lure Skywalker's apprentice away from the gunfight. Bane was then able to subdue Tano, took a piece of her Padawan braid, and place her in front of a airlock. Bane was then confronted by Skywalker, who demanded his surrender.[14]

However, Bane threatened to kill Tano if Skywalker refused to combine the holocron and memory crystal. Skywalker thus complied. Bane was succesful and made his escape when he opened the airlock. Bane was then contacted by Gunray, who wanted Bane to transmit the crystal's information in exchange for his rescue. However, Bane refused and planned his own escape. Bane was then confronted by Denal and another clone trooper.[14]

At first, Skywalker and the others saw that Denal shot Bane dead, but did not have time to retrieve the holocron. However, Skywalker could sense Bane.[14] However, Bane faked his death and took Denal's armor. One of the troopers and Tano discovered his ruse when he they found his blood and saw that he was no clone. Bane then knocked Tano out and then took a V-19 Torrent starfighter to Black Stall Station.[15]

Kidnapping Force Sensitive ChildrenEdit

"Kidnapping innocent children? Seems like a small-time crime for the likes of you."
―Cad Bane to Darth Sidious[src]

After obtaining the holocron from the Jedi Temple, Darth Sidious tasked Bane to kidnap three Force-sensitive children for a secret project on Mustafar. After kidnapping the Rodian child Wee Dunn, Skywalker and Tano managed to arrest Bane as he attempted to kidnap Roo-Roo Page from Jan-gwa city. The two Jedi, along with Master Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to interrogate Bane, with little success aboard the Resolute. Bane then took Windu, Kenobi, and Cody to his station where he claimed that both the children and the holocron were there. However, Bane was able to have the Jedi trigger his traps and was able to make his escape.[15]

Senate Hostage CrisisEdit

"I'm in control. I make the rules now."
―Cad Bane to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine[src]

Bane was then able to have Todo 360 rebuilt. Bane was later hired by Jabba the Hutt[13] to free Ziro from the Republic's high-security prison on Coruscant.[16]. Bane then started by having Todo and HELIOS-3E kidnap Senator Padmé Amidala's protocol droid, C-3PO and Skywalker's astromech, R2-D2 in order to get blueprints for the Senate Building. After retrieving the knowledge, Bane then had the two droids memories erased and returned to ensure his plans would not be discovered.[13]

Bane then went to Tatooine, where both Jabba and the Hutt Council agreed that Bane would free Ziro before he could expose the Hutt Council records to the Republic Senate.[13] Bane, along with a team of bounty hunters that included Aurra Sing, Shahan Alama, Robonino, HELIOS-3D, HELIOS-3E, a pair of droid commandos and another IG-86 sentinel droid then went to Senate. As Bane distracted the Senate Guards, Sing and the rest of the team then took out the guards with Bane strangling the last one. As the the two commando droids posed as Senate Guards, Bane and his team then went inside. There, Bane was able to kill the remaining Senate Guards as they went to speak with the senators. Bane then left Robonino to turn the power off.[16]

Bane then found a group of senators that were discussing the Enhanced privacy invasion bill. At first, Senator Philo refused to cooperate with Bane and his team. Bane then shot the Senator in the back and had his team threatened the other senators. Bane then contacted Chancellor Palpatine and demanded a pardon disk for Ziro. After the power was shut down, Bane and his team searched the Senators for communication devices and weapons, Bane then saw Amidala looking at Skywalker on the balcony. Bane then sent Alama and the IG-86 droid after Skywalker.[16]

Bane then contacted Palpatine and told him that HELIOS-3D would come and take Senator Orn Free Taa to the prison where Ziro would be released with the pardon disk. Bane was then told by Alama that Skywalker did not have his lightsaber with him. Bane then sent Sing with Alama to find Skywalker. Bane then had HELIOS-3D take Taa to the prison where Ziro was freed and returned to the Senate building to pick Bane and his team.[16]

After Skywalker was subdued, Bane then set up laser web to ensure that the Senators would not make a move against him. As Bane and his team left, Bane warned Palpatine not to do anything else that day against him. As his team left, Bane was the confronted by Commander Fox and his detachment of the Coruscant Guard. Bane was then contacted by Palpatine, who demanded that Bane stand down. However, Bane threatened to kill the senators if he was allowed to leave. Thus, Palpatine and Fox stood as Bane and his team rendezvoused with Ziro and HELIOS-3D. As Bane left, Ziro congratulated him on his job,[16] despite knowing that Hutt council wanted just for the council records.[9] Bane then offered Ziro a room filled with dead senators as payback. Bane then reminded Ziro that it was time to pay up since he did not work for free.[16]

Hunt For ZiroEdit

"I'm kind of tired of being paid for this job, too. But not that tired."
―Cad Bane to Gardulla the Hutt[src]

Bane was once again hired by the Hutt crime families after Ziro escaped his prison on Nal Hutta with the help of singer Sy Snootles. Unbeknownst to Bane, the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos were also after Ziro, hoping to recapture Ziro. Bane eventually managed to track down Ziro to the planet Teth only to find him already dead, murdered by Snootles who had used him to find a holodiary, recording the dealings of the Hutt families. After a brief battle, Bane once again managed to escape capture by the Jedi.[9]

Prison break on CoruscantEdit

"It's not the first time I've broken out of this stinkhole."
―Cad Bane to Moralo Eval and Rako Hardeen[src]

At a certain point during the war Bane was apprehended by the Republic for his crimes and imprisoned in the Central Detention Centre. However, he merely allowed himself to be captured as part of his latest job. He had been hired by Moralo Eval, a criminal mastermind working for Count Dooku, to break him out of prison. Eval was highly involved in a Separatist plan to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was also planning on recruiting Bane in his plan. Not long thereafter Eval became interested in recruiting Rako Hardeen, a bounty hunter, who was imprisoned for killing Obi-Wan Kenobi, after watching him fight with some of the inmates. Eval had Hardeen brought to his own cell to talk with him and introduced him to Bane, who had a strong dislike of Hardeen and was definitely not in for breaking Hardeen out as well and Eval had Hardeen brought back to his cell. Both Bane and Eval did not know that Hardeen was in fact Kenobi in disguise only there to learn about Eval's plan.[10]

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Cad Bane, Rako Hardeen and Moralo Eval in the prison hallways

Bane had paid fellow bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was in the prison as well, to start a riot as a diversion for him and Eval to escape. Fett was successful and Eval and Bane escaped in the ensuing chaos. Hardeen followed them into the hallways and although Bane was not in for it, he reluctantly let Hardeen come along as Eval thought he might be of use. Bane's plan was to escape the facility via the mortuary, but the lock of the mortuary doors had been changed and Bane was unable to open them. Hardeen, actually Kenobi, told his comrades to stand guard while he would figure it out and secretly used the Force to open the lock. The three quickly climbed into the coffins meant to send the victims of the riot to the cremation centre. The clones in the cremation centre found out that the people in the coffins were still alive. The trio quickly climbed out of the coffins. One of the clones tried to shoot Bane, who used another clone to shield himself from the blast, before disarming and killing the clone that shot with his own gun. Hardeen disarmed the third clone, but hesitated to kill him. The clone triggered the alarm before Bane executed him. Bane angrily asked Hardeen why he didn't take the shot, but Hardeen claimed that his blaster jammed. The trio proceeded to make their way to a landing platform with Bane shooting more guards in the process. They stole a police speeder and used it to fly to the docks, where they stole a cargo ship from a Quarren pilot which they used to escape Coruscant. Once in the air Bane hit Hardeen in the face for hestitating to shoot the clone in the cremation centre. Eval, however, was most pleased that Hardeen had come along and considered to involve him in his plan again.[10]

Trouble on Nal HuttaEdit

"Relax. On this slime pool everybody's an outlaw."
―Cad Bane to his comrades while on Nal Hutta[src]

Following their escape from Coruscant, Bane, Hardeen and Eval then crashed their ship in the swamps of Nal Hutta. Bane and the others then went to the Bilbousa Bazaar. There, they went to Pablo's Pawnshop to purchase equipment and a new hat for himself. Bane then threatened Pablo with a toothpick to silence him. Bane then sent Hardeen to get a new ship while he and Eval got weapons and supplies. Bane then decided to turn Hardeen over to Gardulla and her guards due to his mistrust of him.[17]

However, as Eval and Bane leave, they were shot down by the guards' HH-87 Starhoppers. They then left the ship only to find Hardeen having a drink at the saloon. There, Bane and Eval were surprised to learn that he got another ship for them.[17]

Tournament on SerennoEdit

"So, what kind of friendly little contest you think the count's got planned?"
"I'd be surprised if we all survive"
―Rako Hardeen and Cad Bane about the tournament on Serenno[src]
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Cad Bane and the other contestants prepair to enter "The Box"

Eval, Hardeen and Bane made it to Serenno, where they met Count Dooku. Both Bane and Hardeen demanded their payment, but instead Dooku asked them to take part in a special bounty hunter tournament that could gain them a much larger payment. The two reluctantly accepted with Bane suspecting that it would be a deadly contest and that not all participants would survive. Bane then spotted the hat of fellow contestant Bulduga and asked the bounty hunter how he got it. Bulduga responded by drawing his blaster pistol, but Bane was faster and shot Bulduga in the chest, killing him in front of his brother Onca. He then mockingly took Bulduga's hat and dropped his old hat on Bulduga's body. Shortly thereafter Dooku gathered the contestants for a briefing on the tournament.[18]

Dooku introduced the other candidates: Kiera Swan, Derrown, Sixtat, Jakoli, Embo, Twazzi, Onca, Sinrich and Mantu. He then showed them "The Box", a floating cube like station that served as the tournament arena. He explained that five most skilled among the survivors would participate in a job that would pay very well, while any remaining survivors would be eliminated to protect this job. Eval proceeded to explain that The Box was designed by him to simulate some situations that might happen on the job and the bounty hunters had to hand in their weapons. They were then escorted to an elevator that led into The Box and the tournament started.[18]

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Bane and the others await the first challenge

The contestants found themselves in a room and Eval appeared on a screen to mention that the only rule during the contest was that there were no rules. Thereafter a hole in the floor opened, releasing lethal Dioxis gas. Platforms started to rise from the ground to escape the gas. Bane kicked Mantu off a platform to get on it. When the platforms started to rise too much towards the ceiling the group found themselves between getting crushed by the ceiling and a layer of Dioxis below them. Hardeen deduced that the way out of the room wasn't in the ceiling but was somewhere in the floor. Hardeen found out that there was a hole in the floor that led to a tunnel below the gasline and to another room. Bane and the others followed Hardeen's example and survived the first test without casualties.[18]

The tunnel led to a second room where Eval appeared on screen again and commented that the second test unlike the first would result in some casualties. Suddenly columns with electrified blades started to shove in and out the walls. Onca and Swan ended up impaled on the blades and Sinrich was killed by Embo. Hardeen discovered a pattern in the way the columns shoved in and out and noticed it led to a hole in the ceiling of the room. He showed Bane his discovery who told him to go to the hole. Bane and the others followed Hardeen in his climb and made it to the shaft in the ceiling that led to a third room.[18]

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The group during the third challenge

In the next room the group once again received instructions from Eval who told them to pass through his ray shield to switch it off with a button that was positioned behind the shield. Eval revealed a tube in the middle of the room. The tube contained a serum that allowed the user to pass through the shield unharmed. It was however toxic to all but one of them. The ray shield appeared and started to close in on the group. After a while the floor became ray shielded as well, killing Jakoli and forcing the rest on a platform in the centre of the room. When Derrown wanted to take the serum Bane protested, but Hardeen told him to let Derrown take the serum as he was a Parwan and his blood could take the serum. When the ray shield closed in more and more the platform became smaller and smaller and Mantu was killed by the shield. Derrown was, however, able to inject the serum in his blood, pass through the shield and successfully deactivate the shield in time, allowing the remaining contestants to proceed to the fourth and final challenge.[18]

In the fourth room the group was positioned on a platform above a firey pit. Eval appeared and informed them that this test was about sharpshooter skills. One of them had to hit a target that moved very fast across the back wall with a sniper rifle. Sixtat volunteered and hit the target twice. He missed the third however and as a result he fell into the flames. Hardeen then took the sniper rifle and made an attempt as well, successfully hitting the target three times. Although Hardeen completed the task Eval moved the platform to separate Hardeen from the others. Dooku had noticed that Hardeen had been the cause of success on every test and planned on putting Hardeen in charge of the mission rather than Eval. Eval wanted Hardeen to hit some more targets. Hardeen hit another four, but then the rifle was empty and Eval saw his chance to get rid of him. When he tried drop Hardeen in the flames, Bane used on of his wrist cables to prevent Hardeen from falling. Eval was angry with this, but Bane told him that if he wanted to kill Hardeen he should do it like a man in a fair fight. Dooku agreed and dropped Eval in the room to fight Hardeen face to face. Eval didn't play fair and used his remote control to activate a few traps in the room and sent in some probe droids to kill Hardeen. Nevertheless, Hardeen was able to defeat Eval eventually and Dooku ordered Hardeen to finish Eval off. Hardeen, being Kenobi in disguise and a Jedi, refused to kill Eval to Dooku's disappointment. Dooku however congratulated the remaining bounty hunters for surviving the box and announced that the job was in fact to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine during the Festival of Light on Naboo. He also announced that Bane would lead the mission.[18]

Kidnapping the Supreme ChancellorEdit

Bane, along with Dooku, Eval, and the other bounty hunters then met up in a hangar in Theed. Bane then assigned the bounty hunter their individual parts in the Chancellor's kidnapping. Before he and the other bounty hunters, Bane was warned by Dooku to keep an eye on Hardeen.[19]

Bane then infiltrated the crowd near the Chancellor by posing as a Neimoidian. After Derrown destroyed the shield generator, Bane and Eval then took the Chancellor to the rendezvous point to meet up with Dooku. However, Dooku was not there and Hardeen tried to take the Chancellor. Hardeen then overpowered Bane and Eval in a fight. Bane were then arrested by Skywalker, Windu and Hardeen, who was revealed to be Kenobi. Bane then swore vengeance against Kenobi.[19]

Bombing the Jedi TempleEdit

Near end of the Clone Wars, Bane supplied Generals Grievous, Kleeve, and Captain Rackham Sear with Lord Sidious's layouts of the Jedi Temple.[20]

EquipmentEdit

Cad Bane was known for wielding a pair of LL-30 blaster pistols[21] and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.[2] He had stunners placed on his gauntlets and had a flamethrower. He also had breathing tubes, which enabled him to survive after being Force choked, and rocket boots to help him keep up with Jedi.[22]

Behind the scenesEdit

Cad Bane was designed from unused concept art of a bounty hunter developed for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[source?] According to Dave Filoni, supervising director for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bane's iconic toothpick was originally intended to be a cigarette, but the idea was dropped due to its negative and commercial-like message.[23]

Cad Bane was voiced by Corey Burton, who also voices Ziro the Hutt and Count Dooku.

Before the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV series, Cad Bane was set to make an appearance during a four-episode arc starring him and Boba Fett. The two were going to team up for a "rescue mission" on Tatooine where Tusken Raiders had kidnapped a child. It would emphasize Boba's and Cad's relation to one another as Cad had known Jango. Cad Bane would also get new clothes and a new ship called the "Justifier".[24] In a clip revealed during the Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates panel at Celebration Orlando in 2017, Cad Bane and other Bounty Hunters had ended an insurrection by Fett. To finish it, they engaged in a stand-of duel.[25]

Following the cancellation of The Clone Wars, Bane appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Fighter Flight" in the form of graffiti on the Ghost.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars-DatabankII Cad Bane in the Databank
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  4. SWCustom-2011 "Holocron Heist" Episode Guide – The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Fighter Flight"
  6. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  7. SWCustom-2011 "Deception" Episode Guide – The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  8. Ultimate Star Wars
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  11. Darth Maul, Part II
  12. Darth Maul, Part III
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  15. 15.0 15.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Friends and Enemies"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Box"
  19. 19.0 19.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  20. Kanan 8: First Blood, Part II: The Towers of the Temple
  21. Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  22. SWCustom-2011 "Hostage Crisis" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  23. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Four
  24. SWYTlogo The Untold Clone Wars Panel - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
  25. SWYTlogo Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel

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